State ANILCA Coordination

Upcoming Documents for Review

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Changes to Public Use Regulations for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
The USFWS is proposing to amend their public use regulations for the Kenai NWR to ensure public use activities are compatible with the Refuge and the Refuge System's purposes. The following changes are proposed:

    Amend regulations for use of aircraft, motorboats, motorized vehicles, and snowmachines;

    Codify restrictions on hunting and trapping within the Skilak Wildlfie Recreation Area;

    Expand a prohibition on the discharge of firearms along areas of the Kenai and Russian Rivers;

    Clarify regulations addressing hunting over bait;

    Amend regulations associated with camping, public use cabins, public fishing facilities, unattended equipment, livestock (including pack animals), and public gatherings;

    Establish regulations to reduce potential negative human-bear interactions;

    Establish regulations for noncommercial gathering of natural resources, including collection of edible wild foods and shed antlters; and

    Codify restrictions on certain uses within areas of the Refuge under conservation easements and ANCSA 17(b) easements.

Comments are due July 20, 2015. More information can be found at regulations.gov.

The National Park Service, Gathering of Certain Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes
The NPS is proposing to allow members of federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaskan Natives, with traditional use of areas within specific units of the NPS to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes. The gathering and removal would be subject to permits and commercial uses of gathered materials would be prohibited. In Alaska, ANILCA allows gathering and collection of natural products in many park units in Alaska; therefore the NPS believes the proposed rule will have "no discernable effect" upon park units in Alaska.

Comments are due July 20, 2015. More information can be found at the NPS News Site.

Forest Service - Chugach Forest Plan Revision
The Chugach National Forest is beginning the first phase of a 3-year planning process to revise the 2002 forest plan under the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The public review scoping document and further information is available at the project website.

Forest Service - Tongass Forest Plan Revision
The Tongass National Forest is conducting an anticipated 2-year planning process to revise the 2008 Forest Plan under the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. Based on public comments received, four issues were identified: young growth transition; renewable energy; roadless areas; and wildlife habitat. The FS anticipates three public open houses in early 2015 (in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan) as part of the public process, public notice for these meetings will be published in the federal register and on-line. Further information is available at the at the project website.

BLM - Central Yukon Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 16 million acres of public land in central and northern Alaska. Further information is available at the at the project website.

BLM - Bering Sea Western Interior (BSWI) Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 62 million acres of public land, 10.6 million acres managed by BLM in western Alaska. Further information is available at the at the project website.

BLM - Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 6.7 million acres of public land in Eastern Interior Alaska, including the White Mountains National Recreational Areas, the Steese National Conservation Area, and the Fortymile Area. This plan will also cover BLM lands in the upper Black River and the greater Fairbanks area.

BLM is currently analyzing public comments received in 2013; when comment review is done, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will be published. Further information is available at the project website.